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Politics could become a family affair for Prince George's County prosecutor Glenn Ivey now that his wife, Jolene, is planning to run for the House of Delegates.

Jolene Ivey had been pondering for weeks whether to become a candidate for delegate or take on Sen. Gwendolyn Britt, who has been mentioned as a possible running mate for gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan. The legislative delegation for the 47th District -- Britt and Democratic delegates Victor R. Ramirez, Rosetta C. Parker and Doyle L. Niemann -- are all serving their first terms.

"I figured I don't have enough to do," Ivey said with a chuckle, later rattling off a list of activities that keep the former stay-at-home mom's days jampacked. "But the bottom line is, when you want to get something done, you ask a busy person."

Ivey, the mother of five young boys, works part time doing public relations for Community Teachers Institute, a think tank in the District. She said the county needs to "get back on track" and that these are not the times for "wussy politicians" to be in office.

She has never run for elected office before--unless you count student office in high school.

It looks as though like she'll be pretty busy with her husband's reelection, her own campaign and her effort to get Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) elected to the U.S. Senate.

"I love Kweisi [Mfume], but he's not the right person to go against [Republican Lt. Gov.] Michael Steele," she said. "We cannot let this state drift this far into the red."

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By Phyllis Jordan  |  January 26, 2006; 8:28 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly  
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